The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman

Welcome Back to Your Library!

Events are changing too fast to keep up with. Check the library website, talk to your local librarian in person or by phone to find out the latest updates.

Summer Reading Program Launching June 1 (from library press release)

Ventura County Library urges families to get ready, get set, go to the library and sign up for Reading Colors Your World!

Over the summer, the library is hosting a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading.  Participants may win prizes for reaching their reading goals. “We’ve planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what’s available for their enjoyment,” said Molly Krill, Youth Services Manager.

Themed events include weekly STEAM Kits and challenges, participation in the library’s online reading and activity log (register at, themed Storytimes, and a presentation by the Ojai Raptor Center. This year Ventura County Library is giving away six Nintendo Switch Grand Prizes in addition to smaller prize drawings throughout the summer. Once a child has logged 500 minutes they may visit their local branch to choose a free new book to add to their home libraries.

There is also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents reading loss. Studies also indicate students who read recreationally outperform those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests.

Nancy Schram, Library Director says, “Children who don’t read over the summer may lose up to two full months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall.  To succeed in school and life, our children and teens need continuous opportunities to learn and practice critical skills.  Your public library is a key part of the solution during the summer when school is out.”

Registration continues through August 22, 2021. To learn more about the summer reading adventure at the library, please call your local branch or check out the library’s website at

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Molly Krill, Ventura County Library Youth Services Manager at (805) 218-3592

Friends of the Library Foster Library Bookstore

We are hoping to be open by July 1. Updates will be announced on our website Or sign up for our newsletter at We anticipate needing volunteers; if you are interested contact us at

Friends of the Library Hill Road Used Book Sale Shelves

We hope to be back in business by mid-June.

Online Bookstore

The Friends will continue their online bookstore. Pickup days and times will change but we plan to still have pickups at Hill Road as well as Foster Library. Details are being worked out and will be communicated when an order is placed.

Remember, all purchases support programs such as Summer Reading described above.


Print Friendly, PDF & Email